Inside Higher Ed: Vote by United Methodist Church body to strengthen prohibitions on gay clergy and same-sex marriages disappoints Methodist higher education institutions and raises difficult questions.
Religion News Service: While many churches engage in mission activities "beyond the walls" of their buildings, others are finding innovative ways to use their facilities to serve others and extend their mission in existing properties.
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: Despite the denomination's decision, LGBT United Methodist clergy aren't backing down or leaving. They hope they can be an example to young Methodists struggling with their own identities, and they cherish the inclusion they have found in their own congregations.
The Christian Century: An ELCA bishop apologized for sexist comments he made -- without claiming that they were out of character.
NBC News: Independent shops stress face-to-face relationships with loyal customers. "It doesn't cost anything to talk to me," an owner says.